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Titan Tuesday – Week 1

As some of you know, I have had a Reaver Titan sitting here for over a year. I love Reavers. I don’t know what it is about them, but I just think they are amazing. The shape, the aspect, imagining how noisy they are; they’re just brilliant. I bought this one for that reason. However, I looked at the box when I got home, saw how many bits it had in it and then balked.

Today, I faced the fear and got on with it. I opened the box again…

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The envelope is a really cool thing, inside it contains the certificate of Authenticity. I am going to have mine framed.

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Of course, mine is a Chaos Reaver, I am a heretic after all, and so the machine is excommunicated or whatever passes for ‘baddy’ in Imperial Speech. Under the certificate is a big pile of grey resin. And when I say big, I really do mean it:

The body is in the box, the weapons are outside!

First task then – use the instructions to check off all the parts. This took an hour. I spread them all out and then used the lists from the box to see if everything was there!

Can you believe it? I am short one pipe. I have already sent an email to the lovely people at Forgeworld who should hopefully be able to send me another one. However, I wasn’t about to stop because I was one pipe short. My next task was to wash the resin. I’ve already been advised to do this twice, so will have to do so again next week, but that’s fine. I want this to look amazing after all and it is worth spending the time on.

Interesting part of the week:

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A guy having a terrible day.

It is going to be a while until I am able to stomp on people in games with the Reaver, but that’s ok. I have something to look forward to at the end, as well as having an amazing miniature too!

I shall leave you with the final shot of all the drying resin!

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Primaris Ancient

I finished the Primaris Ancient today, and I am very pleased with how smooth and sharp he turned out in the end. Here he is:

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Some of these pictures are a little grainy because I have tried to lighten them. I wanted everyone to see the colours but I think I may have gone overboard a little. The next one is much sharper!IMG_2527

Here is the new Ancient with the Ancient I painted about two years ago when they first came out. I’ve come a long way since then and it really shows. My edge highlights are a lot sharper and I can blend colours a lot better now too. My basing has also got a lot better. I’ve always tried to assert that the only one you should compare youself to is you. Your progress is your journey, no one elses!IMG_2529

For those interested, these are the three colours I used to create the blend on the Ancient. After preshading with white to create a zenith, I used Ultramarine Blue as the base all over, making sure I sprayed underneath as well to make sure there was no black left. The mid colour was Magic blue, sprayed at about 90 degrees and the last one was Electric blue sprayed from above.

The Ancient is for sale is anyone is interested, please feel free to get in touch if you are!

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Gellerpox Infected!

Well now, will you look at that! I painted another box set! This time, it’s the Gellerpox Infected from the Rogue Trader Kill Team box that have been completed. As many of you know, I learned how to use the airbrush over the weekend, and the little bug things in the box set seemed to be the perfect first victims. I also have three shades of nurglesque green that suited the purpose down to the ground. So under the brush they went! It did not take long after that to get them finished. It sped up the process a great deal, I just hope I can apply that to other, less gross miniatures and achieve the same look, if not better!

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I have a lot planned for that airbrush and I am making good progress with using it too. On the cards are some Raptors, some Khorne Berserkers and a Primaris Ancient, who is already base coated – more in him tomorrow.

For now, I will leave you with these disgusting creatures and make a start on some other, nicer looking miniature.

If you are interested in purchasing the Kill Team, please feel free to get in touch!

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Hull GT and an Army Showcase!

On Saturday, I went along to help out at the Hull Grand Tournament. Mostly, my role was to watch out for people who wanted drinks and snacks from behind the counter. However, I was also asked to have a look around and pick out six people’s armies that I thought had been really well painted. They would be short listed to go into the final ‘best painted’ contest, which would be judged by all the players. This was a very difficult thing to do as I know everyone put in a lot of effort into making their miniatures look great. I did go around and take pictures of as many people’s miniatures as I could and here they are (there are a lot of them!):

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This yellow delight was painted by Gary at http://www.the-vanus-temple.com/ His army ended up being voted the ‘Best in Show’, which is very fair. Go and have a look, his work is amazing!

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I couldn’t vote for this shiny blue army, as I painted it!IMG_2312IMG_2313IMG_2314IMG_2315IMG_2316IMG_2317IMG_2318IMG_2319IMG_2320IMG_2321IMG_2322IMG_2323IMG_2324IMG_2325IMG_2332

This last picture is 1800 points work of Space Marines in one tower. We named it the Power Tower!!

I had a really great day while I was at the GT. I didn’t play, but I did get most of a Night Lord painted and enjoyed the atmosphere and speaking with the players as well. Seeing everyone’s army was also really cool and I was sad I couldn’t vote for more people!

Maybe next time!

40K · Age of Sigmar · miniatures. · Wh40K

Warboot and the Week Ahead

Today, I took a journey to Stockport to Element Games as we had a stall at the Warboot. A carboot sale for wargames. They’re always a good laugh and well worth a visit. As a regular attender, it was good to see some familiar faces, sell off some bits and bobs that were never going to get used, and to pick up some bargains. I only grabbed a few as I have a lot to work on already and wanted to resist creating a huge backlog which would soon become overwhelming.

Here’s my loot:

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Five Night Lord guys who will become part of my Kill Team.

Ten Raptors who might well end up being Night Lords as well – not sure what I am going to do with them as yet

The Mounted Kreig Commissar who was a limited edition miniature and is no longer available. He will be painted and sold.

So, my weekly to do list looks a bit like this:

Build, undercoat and paint Soul Wars and the commissar above.

Finish painting Ahriman and Mini Reaver.

Finish painting and sell the Trollblood Gargantuan

Sort through the boxes in the studio and see what they are.

Items for sale:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/usr/heretic_deb?_trksid=p2047675.l2559

Most of the miniatures I have painted lately are up for sale here, including Eisenhorn and Slambo. I am also open to reasonable offers.

As always, commissions are open, don’t hesitate to get in touch!

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Captain Gloves

I finished the Night Lord Captain! I am most pleased with this mini and want to show him off. While I was painting him, I tried out a couple of new techniques I have picked up while browsing the internet.

The first one was a tutorial on Pinterest of all places and involved the jump pack jet. It focused on where the light should be to create a glowing effect, which I think came off rather nicely:

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The other was the shading to give his armour a sort of sheen, and to ensure it was coming from one direction. I think I have achieved this to some degree on the finished miniature but again, this is something I am going to keep practicing. I built the colour up using multiple thin laters and all in all, I am pleased with the outcome.

The last thing I added was the lightning. I thinned down some ice blue and with a steady hand and a references picture, I painted it over the dark blue where I thought it would look cool. I believe I succeeded in that.

He also needs a proper name, a task I have entrusted to an expert of the VIIIth. All in all, I am considering this guy done.

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Suddenly, Night Lords!

I made it no real secret that I liked the Night Lords after reading the first few pages of Soul Hunter on my last post – the bit where one laughed when his friend got shot sold it for me, and if that wasn’t enough, I also read Prince of Crows and got some amused looks when I laughed out loud while I was reading in a coffee shop a few months back.

The Sevatar-off with Office on Twitter was an awesome contest and made me really think about what I want to learn to do with my painting next. I used blending techniques I have never tried before on that mini and I think they turned out really well. The there was the Master of Possession I used to practice lightning on as well.

So, I decided I can’t have just two Night Lords causing issues in the cabinet, I had to get some more. I might even be able to make a Kill Team out of them if I think carefully. Maybe.

The next guy has been given the nickname Gloves. I am using him to refine the blending process on ceramite and try to work out where the light would hit it if it came from a certain angle. I am sure this is a pre-requisite to Non Metallic Metallic painting (NMM) and that is something I want to practice. Here are some shots so far:

I still think the lines are a little sharp and could use more gradual colour changes, but this is me learning how to blend using this method and for a second attempt, I don’t think this is too bad.

I also tried something on his jet pack to make it look like it was glowing. I do think this worked well and I am pleased with it.

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I still have a lot of work to go on Gloves, but he is coming along well. I am learning a whole lot from this too, which is the most important thing.

On a side note, I also listened to The Long Night while painting the other day. Sevatar’s voice was hilarious and at first I was put off. It grew on me though, and after listening to that tale, I just want to go and hug the poor fellow, maybe give him a cup of tea… which makes me horribly British.

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Hobby Update

Had a bit of a manic weekend with friends over and gaming. Aside from a little bit of Night Lord and some playing around with the Headnought, not a lot went on. So, today I picked up what I had left last week and ‘cracked on.’

I have finished Skragrott the Lune King this morning:

He is now listed on ebay, along with the Dryads I painted last week, if you’re interested, here is the link:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/heretic_deb/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_ipg=&_from=

I also bought a 30K Ahriman today, as he was a good deal and I do so love painting that miniature. If you are interested in buying this Ahriman and discussing what you want him to look like, please get in touch.

I bought a Adeptus Titanicus Reaver Titan at the weekend as well, this shall be practice for the big Reaver that is still in the box – I am beginning to feel that it is time to break it out and get moving on that monster project.

Last point. I have just bought a place on the Seige Studios Master Class Painting Course at Element Games in August. This is a terrifying and exciting thing as I will be going on my own. I will be away from home all weekend learning how to paint. On one hand, this is terrifying, on the other, I will learn a huge amount when there. Amazing!

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Resin Wash 101

I make a daily to do list on twitter so I can keep myself focused and know I am achieving things. On my list today was wash and assemble the NL guy, and I was asked about how to clean resin. I decided to do so in a blog post in case there are other people out there who don’t know how to do this but don’t want to ask. Here we go, a step by step guide to cleaning up resin:

1 – Equipment: You need the following – A bowl of luke-warm water, an old toothbrush, some washing up liquid and a tea-towel or other type of towel and the mini you want to clean up:

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2 – Put a small drop of the detergent into the water.

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3 – Add the mini to be cleaned up.

4 – Use the toothbrush to scrub over all parts of the mini. Try not to be too vigorous else you’ll end up with breakages and that would be a disaster. There are no pictures of this as using a phone with wet hands is going to be troublesome.

5 – Place clean parts on tea-towel to dry.

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6 – Throw away the water and wash your hands. Resin tasting water is gross and leaves a weird taste in your mouth as well.

I hope this helps. I may well write one on bending miniatures back into shape. Resin is pretty easy to reform and it is oddly satisfying as well.

I also realise that my Reaver Titan is made of resin… it has many, many parts, some large… I need a bigger bowl.

 

40K · blue · hobby · miniatures. · Warhammer 40000 · Warhammer 40k · Wh40K

Lieutenant Amulius

Everyone loves a Primaris Lieutenant right? RIGHT? I picked this one up at Games Day because I thought it would be rude not to. I do like painting Primaris. I’m not going to lie, power armour in general is a favourite of mine but Primaris came out right when I started painting again so they’re always going to hold a spot.

When I got this guy, I wanted to try out one of the techniques that Gary suggested I do for edge highlighting. I had done something similar before but not how he said. The only colour I used for his power armour is Caledor Sky and white. I thinned it down to help it flow better and then had a go at the edge highlights. I am pleased with the results.

I am also pleased with how his face turned out. Skin is not an easy thing to tackle I have found and a badly painted face would not look right. I have seen it ruin otherwise good models. In this case, I think I did alright!